“My son, eat honey because it is good, and the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste.” Proverbs 24:23 (NKJV)
Tomorrow, from 9AM to 9PM Pacific Time, you can participate in an important online town hall. You’ll learn important information about our food supply, the environment, and more. But first, some background information…
One of my favorite childhood summer memories is watching bees gather pollen from backyard flowers. As I grew up I learned about the role bees play in our food supply. Today, bees are rapidly disappearing. The USDA reports a 38.4 percent honey bee population decline in the winter of 2010-2011. Even worse, The Guardian reports that the population of four U.S. bumble bee species has dropped 96 percent in the past few decades…96 percent!
According to the National Geographic News, we need bees for 15 to 30 percent of our food supply. And we humans are not the only ones who rely on bee activity for food; animals, birds and insects need these pollinators for their food sources, too.
Possible causes of this disappearance, called colony collapse disorder (CCD), include viruses, fungus, climate change, and a combination of all of the above. Scientists and beekeepers continue to search for a solution to CCD.
Back to that online town hall meeting — you can RSVP online to attend this FREE Bee-A-Thon. You can tune in any time during the meeting to hear from scientists, beekeepers, and other experts. You’ll also be invited to participate in the Great Bee Count. Bloggers can get a Bee-O-Meter widget. Lots of ways to get involved!
Let’s show some love for God’s beautiful creation. Hope you’ll tune in tomorrow!